Rosacea takes toll in workplace

June 8, 2011

People with rosacea say the disease can negatively affect their workplace interactions and employment - even to the extent of being denied promotions.

Barrington, Ill. - People with rosacea say the disease can negatively affect their workplace interactions and employment - even to the extent of being denied promotions.

According to a survey of 1,134 rosacea patients by the National Rosacea Society, based here, 60 percent of all respondents - and 88 percent of those with severe symptoms - said the disorder had negatively affected their interactions with others in the workplace. Among those with severe symptoms, 51 percent said they had missed work because of their condition.

Many respondents said they believe rosacea had damaged their careers. Nineteen percent of all respondents and 39 percent of those with severe symptoms felt they did not receive a job offer because of their condition. Moreover, 19 percent of all respondents and 41 percent of those with severe symptoms attributed being denied a promotion or new responsibilities to their rosacea.

On the positive side, 78 percent of the respondents who said rosacea had affected their work also said effective medical treatment had improved their professional interactions.